I usually fish the bay, but I have been trying to learn the ways of the river the last few trips. I have a pretty good feeling that the rain may have a negative impact on the bite, but I wanted to check with the experts. I have been fishing just below Hopewell and was going to head out tomorrow. The last few trips have been productive for smaller sized fish. I had a monster on, but the battle was short lived. I live on the NC line in Suffolk and wanted to get some opions before driving 1.5 hours to dump the boat. How will the rain today affect the bite tomorrow? How do the cats respond to temperature drops like we are currently experiencing? One other question, I have only been able to catch perch for fresh bait (cut and live), are the shad that much better?